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18/03/23 - 08/04/23

I have been selected / invited to share in an exhibition

entitled "Telling Stories" .

The exhibition celebrates the works of

Sam Sherborne - Blacksmith artist

Pig Meat - Graphic artist

Jonathan Oakes - Abstract artist (me!)

@ the Orb Walls

the Old Red Bus Station

Vicar Lane

Leeds, UK



the artworks I am exhibiting are as follows:

Dog Gazes at the Sky

The Scientists




Seated Swan

The Long Run

Some Sort of Coast

The Heavy Goose

Too Big Fish

Another Point of View

Each artwork belongs to the Project 53 gallery

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I am not normally the one for painting landscapes.

You will not find me with an easel on a hilltop or with a watercolour set beside the seaside beside the sea, and I would certainly not try and replicate a sunset from a photograph.

However I now find myself exhibiting two landscape (of sorts) paintings in two separate exhibitions, both in South Yorkshire!

I am not complaining, it's just funny how things workout. The Curators of the Galleries have been good enough to have given me the opportunities, and who knows I might dip my toe further into the water, so to speak.

Both Exhibitions run until the end of March and are open Wednesdays - Sundays

D31 Art Gallery Shop

Unit 89

French Gate Shopping Centre

Doncaster, U.K.

W3W= light.refers.again.

Half-Moon, Distant Town

mixed media on photograph

Half-moon distant town: Painted with acrylic over pre-printed photograph, conte crayon and ball point pen is then added to enhance the imagined details. The title is influenced by early paintings of Paul Klee when he spent time in Tunisia, at a point just before he had his light epiphany moment. Orange terracotta represents the colour of stone that can sometimes be found in North Africa towns. Half-moon as the other half is in shadow.


Fronteer Gallery

Unit 4

Craft Workshop Building

Orchard Square

Sheffield, U.K.

S1 2FB

W3W= wrong.lines.gently.

The Story Part 9: Landscape

acrylic & conte crayon on photograph

Number 9 in the titling sequence, this has no bearing on any imagined storyline. Another viewpoint or point of view. Looking over the rolling fields of the agricultural landscape. The Autumnal colours mimic the fading leaves of the surrounding trees. Energy spent and vitality exhausted, welcoming the respite after a draining year. The “story” series of paintings are all created on a black and white photograph that captures a moment in time. The image is then over painted with acrylic and enhanced with natural shaded conte crayon. Trying to connect with a more “primitive” colour scheme, ochres, ash whites and black charcoal.

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Those lovely people at the D31 Art Gallery in Doncaster, U.K

Have given me a featured artist slot on their website for a few months. They will be "presenting me" on various blog posts and social media platforms. A chance to get to know me better!

Any interested parties can read a little more about me and my art and view some more images of my artworks. Please enjoy

Titles of the works in the featured artist page:

Ceasing the Bother from Noisy Pistons

Old Fashioned Instrument

Piston Off

Read Elephant

Clanging Birds

Haus 16

Nod to Klee

Simply too Much Packaging

Read Elephant - Jonathan Oakes 2022

acrylic & pencil on canvas - 100cm x 80cm

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